The Tabernacle Gate
Wisdom's Corner
The Tabernacle Gate

Almost anyone who has studied the Old Testament has studied about the Israelites coming out of Egypt and then wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. Soon after coming out of Egypt they were given the instructions for building the tabernacle. These instructions take up as many scriptures as anything else in the Bible.

The tabernacle was given by God as the place of worship for the Israelites. It also was given so that we can see pictures of the church and of Christ. The intricate details of the tabernacle are given to us. While there may be differing opinions as to what everything represents (in fact, some things may not represent anything today), we can still try to understand what could be intended.

In Exodus 27:16 we read about the gate of the court. Almost all writers believe the gate represents Christ. It was made of materials of four different colors. The fine twined linen was white. This white color is a symbol of purity and righteousness (Rev.19:8 gives us an example of this). The color purple represents royalty (John 19:2,3 gives us an example of this). The color blue indicates obedience to the truth (see Numbers 15:37-40). And scarlet represents blood shed and sacrifice.

Christ is seen in all of these colors. It is interesting that when one mixes blue and scarlet one gets the color purple. Christ's obedience to His Father added with His sacrifice allowed Him to become royalty, the King of Kings. He now sits on the throne in His purity and righteousness.

It is so wonderful to read the Bible and learn all that God has given us. God was so good to give us the Bible. God was so good to have a plan of salvation for us. God was so good to create a plan throughout history that we might know that He does exist and is interested in us.

Study your Bible. Until next time, keep reading. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 2001

Published by The Old Paths Bible School